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Non-Profit Groups Sue Monsanto Over Roundup Label Safety Claims

Agrochemical giant Monsanto is being sued by two nonprofit organizations over the labeling on its widely used herbicide Roundup, which claims that it is formulated to “target an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) assert in their lawsuit that the statement is false, deceptive, and misleading since the enzyme targeted by Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate is also found in people and pets, Beyond Pesticides reports. The nonprofits filed the lawsuit jointly against Monsanto on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer ... Read More

OSHA fines Wireless Horizon for tower collapse that killed two workers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. with two willful and four serious safety violations following an investigation of a March 25 cell tower collapse that killed two workers in Kansas. The deaths of the workers, two technicians ages 25 and 38, bring the number of U.S. communication tower deaths to 11 so far this year. There have been 24 deaths among cell tower workers since the beginning of 2013, according to OSHA records. The Wireless Horizon workers were dismantling a tower in Blaine, Kansas, using a gin pole, a special load-lifting device. The ... Read More

OSHA orders back pay, damages, and job reinstatement to railroad employee

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) LLC, the second-largest freight railroad network in North America, retaliated against a North Dakota worker in December 2013 for reporting a work-related injury and submitting a physician’s treatment plan to his employer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded in an investigation. OSHA ordered Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF to pay the worker more than $30,000 in back wages and damages and to take other corrective actions. The former employee submitted a whistleblower complaint to OSHA alleging BNSF violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, which prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who ... Read More

Even normal weight, underweight people can get type 2 diabetes

Nine out of 10 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight, with a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 to 29.9. About half of the newly diagnosed are obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, according to a Diabetes UK analysis. Weight gain, unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles increase one’s risk of developing the chronic disease. However, more than 10 percent of type 2 diabetics have normal weight and a handful are even underweight, which means no one is immune. Type 2 diabetes is growing in epidemic proportions. People with the condition must follow a strict diet ... Read More

First-in-class cholesterol drug faring well in clinical trials

A first-in-its-class cholesterol-lowering drug is plowing through clinical trials and appears to lower LDL levels significantly more than Merck & Co’s Zetia. ETC-1002 is an oral pill made by Esperion Therapeutics. It is the first in a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as ACL inhibitors. They work by reducing cholesterol synthesis in the liver and increasing LDL receptors that remove cholesterol from the blood. ETC-1002 was pitted against Zetia in a 12-week study involving 348 patients with high LDL, considered the “bad” cholesterol. ETC-1002 reduced LDL an average of 30 percent in patients who received a 180-milligram dose and ... Read More

Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to vaping

The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from the escalating popularity of vaping , which many smokers have turned to in recent years as a reportedly safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from vaping products aren’t actually those who themselves vape, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-juice that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine products are available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine ... Read More

Wyoming fracking site blast kills one worker, injures three others

One worker has died and three others were seriously injured after an explosion ripped through a storage tank Wednesday at a natural gas production facility operated by fracking giant EOG Resources Inc. in southwestern Wyoming. The worker who was killed was contracted to clean natural gas storage tanks at the EOG site south of LaBarge, Wyo., alongside another contract worker and two EOG employees. A company representative told Reuters that the site contained one natural gas well and two gas storage tanks. “The tank stores natural gas, and was undergoing cleaning when the explosion occurred,” the Lincoln County Homeland Security ... Read More

Takeda faces damning testimony in Actos bladder cancer lawsuit

Upjohn Co. allegedly backed out of development of the type 2 diabetes drug Actos in 1993 because of safety concerns, according to court testimony. However, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s maker, urged Upjohn to say that it was backing away from the project because it didn’t believe the drug would be effective in the treatment of diabetes, an expert witness for the plaintiffs said. Randall Tackett, a pharmacologist and toxicologist at the University of Georgia, testified on behalf of plaintiff Frances Wisniewski, who is suing Takeda over claims that the Japanese drug maker’s diabetes medication Actos caused her to develop bladder cancer, ... Read More

Companies must report all employee amputations, eye loss, death to OSHA under new rule

Under a new federal safety rule that will take effect Jan. 1, all employers will be required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whenever an employee is hospitalized for an on-the-job injury, suffers an amputation, or loses an eye at work. OSHA regulators originally proposed the new rule change three years ago to enhance current requirements, which mandate that employers notify OSHA when a work-related accident kills an employee or injures and hospitalizes three employees. “Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention ... Read More

Federal jury hits Ethicon transvaginal mesh with $3.27 million verdict

Jo Huskey had no idea the turn her life would take after having a 30-minute procedure to implant Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh device in her body to correct urinary incontinence. Plaintiffs attorneys and their witnesses painted a picture for jurors of how the defectively designed device could erode into tissue and puncture neighboring organs causing serious complications from excruciating pain and incontinence to bleeding and infections. The jury responded with a $3.27 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, finding the bladder sling was defectively designed and the company failed to warn the public of the potential risks. The product ... Read More